Movies like Portraits of a Killer

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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
 5.2
 181
Portraits of a Killer (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An attorney takes the lawyer/client relationship too seriously. She ends up falling for her client, a very charming photographer who has been charged with a multiple murder. She wants to believe he is innocent but she cannot deny her suspicions.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crimes, serial killer, strong sexual content, investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, graphic violence, fall in love, legal, danger, couples, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, deadly, police detective, woman in danger, dedicated lawyer, power relations, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), courtroom drama, prostitute ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to Portraits of a Killer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and danger mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Portraits of a Killer: Mistrial (1996), Twist of Fate (1998), To Protect and Serve (1992), Facade (1999), A Twist of Faith (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.7
 617
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, hostage, hotshot lawyer, legal investigation, law enforcement, crimes, false accusation, murder, injustice, deadly, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.5
 312
Twist of Fate (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beautiful attorney's hunt for a serial killer is frustrated by his accomplice's twisted scheme to keep the killer free at all costs
Style: psychological, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: serial killer, law enforcement, deadly, legal, dishonesty, legal investigation, stalking, couples, psychopath, bait, danger, twins ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
To Protect and Serve (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop becomes the chief suspect in the killing of some of his crooked cohorts.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), life is a bitch, good versus evil, escapades, partners, crimes, dishonesty, danger, rivalry, law enforcement, deadly, profanity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 4.4
 235
Facade (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It should have been a simple murder. But a botched job, an old flame, and too many loose ends can spell just one thing for businessman Colin Wentworth: chaos!
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: murder, hitman, vengeance, crimes, crime, rivalry, danger, dishonesty, deadly, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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A Twist of Faith (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is one of those investigating the murder of Roman Catholic Father Martin, who was crucified in his own church.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: church, murder, serial killer, reluctant partners, law enforcement, religions or cults, psychopath, police detective, dangerous attraction, riddles and clues, redemption, who done it ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, femme fatale, woman in danger, mind game, deadly, betrayal, couples, obsession, dangerous attraction, serial killer, legal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 4.2
 354
Fatal Instinct (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A homicide detective (Michael Madsen) falls for a resort owner (Laura Johnson) suspected of slaying a playboy developer.
Style: sexual, erotic, rough, sexy, serious ...
Plot: strong sexual content, neo noir, law enforcement, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, police detective, dishonesty, power relations, deadly, mystery, crime, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
When Justice Fails (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sexual
Plot: murder, legal, mute or deaf, investigation, law enforcement, romance, police detective, couples, obsession, fall in love, dangerous attraction, track down ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Woman of Desire (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A yacht captain, Jack Lynch, is accused of murdering his boss and raping the victim's wife, Christina Ford. Nothing is how it first appears. Jack seeks the help of veteran attorney Walter J. Hill to help prove his innocence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, erotic, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, courtroom drama, twins, frame up, investigation, legal investigation, dishonesty, false accusation, who done it, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Body of Evidence (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sizzingly sexy Madonna leads a star-filled cast in this erotic thriller as a woman accused of killing a wealthy, elderly man through her insatiable sexual prowess.
Style: erotic, rough, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, crime, seduction, infidelity, femme fatale, dedicated lawyer, crimes, manipulation, power relations, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: chase, crime, deadly, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, danger, police detective, couple relations, woman in danger, cons and scams, murder, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.0
 437
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, reluctant partners, who done it, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, female detective, deadly, partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Hunt for the I-5 Killer (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: “Hunt for the I-5 Killer” is a dramatization based on the haunting true story of the yearlong manhunt for a killer suspected of murdering 14 victims and committing numerous sexual assaults up and down the I-5 highway corridor through California, ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, police detective, deadly, law enforcement, crimes, sexual abuse, murder, who done it, chases and races, girl in bra and panties, premarital sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, false accusation, crime, police detective, dishonesty, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, obsessive quest, law enforcement, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.9
 645
Night Game (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins
Style: rough, offbeat, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police detective, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder, baseball, deadly, law enforcement, stalking, crimes, danger, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.2
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom, capital punishment, death sentence, blood, courtroom drama, shot to death, police detective, mind game, dedicated lawyer, dealing with death, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Double Jeopardy (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend in self-defense and Jack witnesses the whole thing. Lisa ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: femme fatale, murder, investigation, betrayal, manipulation, love and romance, legal investigation, manipulations, power relations, protagonist as suspect, legal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 4.9
 201
Dead Cold (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second honeymoon in an idyllic setting in the mountains. They are snuggly ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, life turned upside down, mountain, graphic violence, danger, crimes, deadly, profanity, couple relations, cabin, car theft, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 5.7
 677
Defenseless (1991)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Los Angeles lawyer defends her former college roommate, whose husband -- her lover -- has been slain.
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, serious, surprise ending
Plot: murder, jealousy, secret, strong sexual content, legal investigation, deadly, crime, legal, investigation, crimes, dedicated lawyer, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: small town life, infidelity, couples, crime, obsession, crimes, who done it, couple relations, family problems, deadly, investigation, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.1
 681
Dead Awake (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An insomniac (Stephen Baldwin) who walks the streets at night witnesses a murder which triggers a strange chain of events.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, captivating
Plot: insomnia, murder, uncover truth, investigation, amateur detective, mystery, mind game, protagonist as suspect, psychopath, crimes, deadly, witnessing a crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.6
 541
Escape Clause (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man finds out that his wife has paid $10,000 to have him killed. Then both the would-be killer and the wife turn up dead ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, serious
Plot: investigation, murder, insurance, couples, hitman, police detective, crime, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Flirting with Danger (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A lawyer begins a sordid fling with an attractive young woman whom he slowly begins to suspect to be a serial killer of men.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, investigation, crimes, deadly, fall in love, psychopath, lawyer, police, bra, sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.4
 348
Perfect Prey (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former Texas Ranger is recruited by a Houston police captain to assist a homicide detective in the search for an elusive serial killer who collects antique dolls.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, texas ranger, psychologist, danger, deadly, law enforcement, police investigation, mystery, crimes, graphic violence, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.2
 283
Unveiled (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Using the natural beauty and mystique of Marrakech, Morocco as a backdrop, Stephanie uses herself as bait to discover the sadistic murderer of her childhood friend. C.I.A. agents Peter Masters and Jeremy Avery lead her on an erotic and intriguing ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, woman in danger, intrigue, law enforcement, crimes, special agents, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, buddies, deadly, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.3
 11K
Jade (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the law man emerges as a prime suspect and he ...
Style: erotic, suspenseful, rough, suspense, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, murder mystery, investigation, femme fatale, crimes of passion, strong sexual content, sex, manipulation, mysterious character, dangerous attraction, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.1
 216
Probable Cause (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A series of cop murders plagues the city. The remaining officers on the force are increasingly worried as the deaths increase with no leads. As the department's finest must solve the case before the killer strikes again.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: sexual harassment, serial killer, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, crime, crimes, investigation, deadly, murder, police detective, repressed memory ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, investigation, undercover, mystery, police corruption, crimes, amateur detective, media, law enforcement, legal, journalism, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 1K
The Client (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Elite attorney Kang Seong-Hee goes up against a top prosecutor over a case involving a man accused of killing his wife.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: hotshot lawyer, who done it, courtroom drama, crimes, deadly, rivalry, legal, murder, legal investigation, attorney
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Absolute Deception (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband's secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers. When FBI Agent John Nelson’s key informant, Miles, is abducted and shot, all that’s left ...
Style: psychological, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, special agents, uncover truth, undercover, investigation, manhunt, couple relations, dishonesty, journalism, chases and races, deadly, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, hong kong, australia, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%